A key component to recovery is movement. You may have been a very active person before treatment and notice a slowing down of your physical exertion post treatment. At this junction it is important to remember to reframe your circumstances and focus on what and how you are doing today.
For those of you who have not been active pre treatment or surgery, it’s important to understand the benefits of movement post treatment for a more effective recovery process. Multiple studies have shown that regular physical activity is linked to increase life expectancy and in many cases by decreasing the risk of recurrence.
According to Lara Benusi (Memorial Sloan Kettering’s exercise & yoga program therapist), a number of patients treated for stage III Colorectal cancer found that among those who remained cancer free six months after surgery and chemotherapy, physical activity reduced the risk of the cancer returning. Movement also helps with sleep problems, a common difficulty for people dealing with cancer.
In this program, we help you understand the importance of movement in your recovery process and the long term benefits it has on your health.
This segment also covers Lymphedema, a potential side effect of treatment, which all cancer patients should know about. This is when the lymphatic system is blocked and hence restricts the drainage of lymphatic fluid. Those who should practice the Lymphedema exercises regularly are the following:
- Patients who have recently had their lymph nodes removed.
- Patients who have recently had their lymph nodes irradiated.
We have provided you with a lymphedema exercise chart that can be followed and practiced at home. Please connect with your doctor on whether you require Lymphedema garments.